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Naval Good Shooting Medal, awarded to PO1 A. Gass 1905

Naval Good Shooting Medal, 1905

Obverse, a bust of King Edward VII in naval uniform

Naval Good Shooting Medal, 1905

Reverse, a figure of Neptune, nude, facing right and holding five thunderbolts in each hand, before the bows of a trireme and three horses' heads

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Naval Good Shooting Medal, 1905

There had been a medal awarded for Army shooting competitions in the years 1869 to 1883, but in 1902 the Admiralty decided to recognise achievement in the gunnery competitions held at the Annual Fleet Competitions with a similar medal. It was first awarded in 1903 and was discontinued with the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. It seems that medals were awarded for first place with each sort of gun in the fleet.
This medal was awarded to Petty Officer 1st Class A. Gass, of the pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS Revenge, for the 1905 competition with the 6-inch quick-firing gun which comprised that ship's secondary armament. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.